This is truly the worst audio book I have ever tried to listen to. Yes the narration is that bad. I tried the sample and thought I could endure but the sample is tolerable. I could not get past the third chapter. Don't waste your money.
As I listened to this book I thought how familiar it sounded. Nope I haven't heard this one before but the plot, the characters, well, everything is very predictable and has been done multiple times. There is the requisite x-military super dad, the neighborhood jerk, the community diplomat that tries to keep the peace, the kid that steps up to be super survivor, all standard stuff. Be aware the story is from the perspective of a far right white male. Or I would bet my bottom dollar he is. I really should look up the author to see if this is correct. Just an assumption based on common sense. An EMP destroys all electronics; we follow a family as they navigate this new world with no rules. I won't be getting part two. It's far too short and far to unimaginative to be worth the credit.
the story is written in a journaling format but don't let that throw you off, it's more like an ongoing story with the date thrown in every now and then. It's a good zombie Romp and the narration is top notch. The only annoying part is the author has an issue with masturbation. It's like telling me every time the guy has to go pee. ENOUGH already! It does nothing to add to the character or the story and gets, well, boring. If you go on to read additional books; it's still there. I sure hope there's a point to this because it seems like adding words to plump the book. I don't care how much the character does his thing.
This is a first. The story is ok, nothing fantasitic like WWZ was but still an enjoyable romp. My biggest complaint is the length. Each book feels more like a short stories than a "BOOK". The author has taken a book and cut it into sections to sell each as a full book, they are certainly not. The books are only 4-5 hours, they get more money out you this way. So if you have money to burn and don't mind tossing what I think will end up $100 or more on what should be a single book, go for it. Absolutely insulting.
Yes this is a good book and well worth the credit. We are introduced a young American college student in Africa with French and Pakistani fellow students. With that being told you should already know the plot of the book, not that hard to figure out. The student are off on an exciting summer program to open their eyes to a different culture and preform some humanitarian aid. This book takes you on journey that will hold your attention. I won't say more; I hate it when reviews spoil the ride.
Now my gripe. Why oh why can't they write a book any more. The whole industry is now structured so you have to pay at least 75 dollars to read a series. Now if the book is really long, all the better. They stuff just enough words in to make it long enough to get you to the cliff hanger and you have to buy the next book to find out what happens. I swore I was not going to buy anymore trilogies but bought this via phone and didn't register that it was a book 1. If you don't mind spending this kind of money on books that pad the story go for it. At least the padding in this book is very good, you don't feel so used. I did enjoy the book even thou some of the science is a, well, non plausible.
While I'm sure this is a group of talented writers it's more the readers preference that will say yay or nay to this. I discovered that I don't like a few minutes/or a few pages. It's a bunch of short stories, some very short. There are just too many very short snippets; so short that I never really got interested in any of them. I wonder if they would have made this just 4-6 stories and fleshed them out a bit more (ok, a lot more) I could have developed an investment. Know thyself. It's not my cup of tea, way too short and way too many.
Ok, I admit it, I haven't been able to finish the book. I'm trying, really trying. It's just so, so, so cliché. Same plot, teenage girl has special powers and saves the world from the bad guys. Personally, I read one book like this, Hunger Games, and that's all I can take. It would be fine for a 12 yr old girl but don't expect anything surprising or creative. It's so cliché I have not been able to finish the book. The only reason I will finish is to find out if I actually predicted it correctly in the first chapter.
Now I bought this because a review said it was "so much more than a book about a video game". Well let me tell you it's all about a video game or at least 99.5% of it is. It is entertaining. It is however the standard teen boy beats everyone and is very predictable. If you are looking for a tech book with life mixed in by equal doses don't miss Deamon and Freedom. I was disappointed with this book but I'm not a teen boy and don't get wrapped around the ankles with video games. My trash is obviously many other peoples treasure.
The character development is good but the plot is too much like Deamon but heavier emphasis on the "game". Enjoy if you like this sort of thing.
I was thrilled to see this sample released while we wait for the final release date. As usual Hugh Howey has an imagination that won't quit and is only matched by his writing talent.
We begin in the sands with two young inexperienced sand divers; yes they dive into sand. Just wait till you hear how they do it. Certainly it is their youth and inexperience that tempers their common sense to work for nefarious characters on a quest to discover Danvar. As they pay a price for their mistake, and we don't yet know the whole cost of their foolishness, this sample leaves you counting the days till the whole audio book is released. I'm crossing my fingers that I don't buckle and buy the book; this will be a wonderful listening adventure. I'm confident this will rate right up there with WOOL.
I only gave this book 2 stars because for the first time in my experience the narration was so bad I think it may have colored my opinion of the story. If you have ever heard someone reading a book to a group of children, you know, the really animated reading that stresses many words to add entertainment to the book, that is what this is like. It's a bizarre mix of a goory story with little kid narration, I couldn't take it. I had to skip some parts when it became too annoying. I'm usually not that critical of narration but it so reminded me of little kids books that I found myself rolling my eyes at the over inflection moments of which there are far far too many.
The story takes an unnecessary time getting started so you may want to ship the first 25%. The rest is, well, painfully cliché.
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